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{November 10, 2012}   The 99 Cent Club–Feature 19–Ten Books for Ten Bucks

Every Saturday I run a feature for the 99 Cent Club, and below are the eBook picks for this week that caught my eye and are (currently) ONLY 99 Cents (Both on Amazon and Barnes and Noble–I checked). I don’t know if these are permanent prices, so please don’t shoot the messenger, and double check pricing before pressing the buy button. Enjoy! (If you could help give these authors some love by spreading the word, that would be epic.)

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A Masquerade in the Moonlight by Kasey Michaels

In Masquerade in the Moonlight, Kasey brings a brash American to London just in time to meet debutante Marquerite Balfour; young, beautiful, and very much in his way. It would appear she has some mischief afoot, mischief that could ruin Thomas Joseph Donovan’s mission to arrange some “deliveries” to his country, hoping to avoid yet another war with England. Bring on a battle of wills, a battle of wits… and an attraction that can’t be denied.

Find it at AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE.

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Murder Trims the Tree by Deb Baker

When Gertie and her cohorts decide to do their court-ordered community service at the local assisted living home during the Christmas season, they get more than they (plea) bargained for.

Find it at AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE.

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January Kills Me by Evan Katy

January Kills Me is a romantic comedy, an action filled mystery and a cautionary tale of how not to go about recovering from a divorce. For those who like laugh-out-loud funny alongside poignant self-discovery and reclamation of a life gone askew, this novel will fill that requirement.

Samantha Rialto, a recently divorced, defensively snarky middle school music teacher, has taken up surveillance photography as a way to fill the gaps in her educator’s salary. As the daughter of the former Chief of Police it seemed like a reasonable choice for a side job. That is until a particularly cold week in January when Sam finds herself entangled in a mystery involving dead people, copious amounts of cash and a nutty Tai Chi enthusiast.

In a deserted alley two people are murdered and Sam is the only witness. Ben Parker, the detective assigned to the case, is not happy to see her again. A year ago his former partner, Harry Rialto – Sam’s ex-husband – killed a fellow cop in a bar brawl, single handedly tarnishing the local police reputation. Sam never spoke about how Harry treated her while they were married and she isn’t going to start now, even though Ben’s questions about the alley crime scene and her inability to answer them bring up old frustrations and ignite a surprising (and inconvenient) attraction.

Before long, Sam finds herself outfitted with a wire at dinner, nearly run over by a car, and shot at by a trained sniper. Her carefully constructed existence, post-divorce, begins to crumble as the widow of one of the victims refuses to leave her alone, her ex-husband begins stalking her and Ben’s sexy crime fighting skills cause a mild anxiety attack. When key evidence shows up linking Samantha to the murders, things become much more sinister. With the help of her best friend Maxie, Sam will tap into reserves of inner strength left scarce after her wrenching divorce and will have to use more than her considerable wit to stay alive.

Find it at AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE.

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Chalk One Up to Murder by Bailey M. Hines

A fun-filled murder romp featuring a new detective, Valerie Pickle. Ms. Pickle is your average fifth grade teacher until one of her former students gets arrested for murder. This light-hearted cozy mystery has romance, action, and is loads of fun to read.

Find it at AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE.

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Kitty Litter Killer by Candice Speare Prentice

Amateur sleuth Trish has retired from her short-lived foray into crime solving. No more walking deliberately into danger. Her new goal is to see her best friend Abbie marry fiancé Eric Scott in three weeks.

But the brutal murder of Abbie’s ex-husband could ruin the nuptials, especially since Abbie was the last one seen with him.

Find it at AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE.

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Zero Station by Amanda Hamm

Humans have known for years that they are not alone in the universe. Those in power have chosen not to seek further contacts because of a tragic history, but sometimes contact cannot be avoided. When an unidentified ship crashes in Antarctica, a team is assembled to communicate with the new arrivals. First agonizing silence, then a confusing plea for help. Who or what caused the ship to crash? Will scars from the past interfere with the mission? And will the team understand the danger in time? Zero Station is a gripping tale of first contact, uniquely told from both the human side and the alien.

Find it at AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE.

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Starman’s Quest by Robert Silverberg

This Halcyon Classics ebook is Robert Silverberg’s sci-fi adventure STARMAN’S QUEST. The Lexman Spacedrive gave man the stars–but at a fantastic price. Interstellar exploration, colonization, and trade became things of reality. The benefits to Earth were enormous. But because of the Fitzgerald Contraction, a man who shipped out to space could never live a normal life on Earth again.

Find it at AMAZON (free?) or BARNES AND NOBLE.

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Plum Island by Nelson DeMille

Taking the best elements from two of his most outstanding bestsellers, The Gold Coast and The General’s Daughter, Nelson DeMille combines the breathless suspense of an expertly wrought murder mystery with his wry perspective on a peculiarly American social scene to deliver an enthralling and compelling story.

Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide detective John Corey convalesces in the Long Island township of Southold, home to farmers, fishermen — and at least one killer. Tom and Judy Gordon, a young, attractive couple Corey knows, have been found on their patio, each with a bullet in the head. The local police chief, Sylvester Maxwell, wants Corey’s big-city expertise, but Maxwell gets more than he bargained for.

The early signs point to a burglary gone wrong. But because the Gordons were biologists at Plum Island, the offshore animal disease research site rumored to be involved in germ warfare, it isn’t long before the media is suggesting that the Gordons stole something very deadly. Suddenly a local double murder becomes a crime with national and worldwide implications.

John Corey doesn’t like mysteries, which is why he likes to solve them. His investigations lead him into the lore, legends, and ancient secrets of northern Long Island — more deadly and more dangerous than he could ever have imagined. During his journey of discovery, he meets two remarkable women, Detective Beth Penrose and Mayflower descendant Emma Whitestone, both of whom change his life irrevocably. Ultimately, through his understanding of the murders, John Corey comes to understand himself. 

Find it at AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE.

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Twisted Perception: A Detective Elliot Novel by Bob Avey

Things aren’t always what they seem. Tulsa Police Detective, Kenny Elliot’s quest to uncover the truth behind the death of a transient makes him a target — from whom or what he isn’t sure. When he brushes the dirt from the surface of an apparent John Doe overdose case, he finds a labyrinth of misdirection and deception beneath, and a trail, which leads him to an encounter with an aberration in human nature, the likes of which he’s not prepared to deal with. Drawing on his strength of character, and sense of right and wrong, he wrestles with deep personal feelings to solve the case.

Find it at AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE.

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Seven Minutes to Noon by Katia Lief

A GRISLY CRIME

On a day that seems perfectly ordinary, Alice Halpern waits for her best friend at the playground where they always meet with their children in their comfortable Brooklyn neighborhood. But when Lauren doesn’t come home, then fails to pick her son up from school, a normal day turns into a nightmare—and Alice begins to realize that nothing will ever be ordinary again.

A GROWING FEAR

The police desperately search for Lauren, who is nearly nine months pregnant. Alice, herself pregnant, realizes she’s being followed and has the creeping fear that she and her unborn twins are in danger. As the investigation intensifies, Alice is shocked as her familiar world begins to unravel. And as new life grows within her, she must fight to save her family—and herself…

Find it at AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE.

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If you could help give these authors some love by spreading the word, that would be epic.

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